Caregiving In the Beginning
I started my caregiving at a young age. My father was a Seaman and my mother was always sick. So, I had to grow up and assume the responsibilities of the household and become a caregiver. I cooked, cleaned, cared for my mother, paid all household bills and cared for my sister at the age of 10.
My Dream had Started
When I turned 14 and my father was home more. I started to volunteer at the local hospital as a candy striper and a caregiver. I would read to patients, assist with meals, sit with them when there was no family member around. This is when I realized that I wanted to be in the caregiving industry.
There was one patient in particular that was in and out of the hospital with congestive heart failure. Her name was Ms. May. I would sit in her room and she would ask me to comb her hair. I would also, wipe her face with a warm washcloth and read true romance magazines to her.
Learning was Emotional and Rewarding
Several weeks later she had passed away and that was my first encounter with death. I was sad. But when her daughter came to me and said that I was the best caregiver. And I made her mother’s final day the best she had in a long time.
She also, told me that Ms. May wanted me to have a bottle of Jenna Tae. I told her that I was not allowed to accept gifts and she insisted, that it was her mother’s final wish. Well, the bottle was about 3 feet tall; the biggest bottle of perfume I had ever seen.
Education and Experience
After that, I decided that I wanted to be in the caregiving field. I continued to work as a candy striper until I graduated high school. Then I went to Nunez Community College for Medical Administration/Secretarial.
Upon graduating, I went to work for Humana Hospital. I worked in almost every department of the hospital. I then started working for a home health agency. And ran the company as an administrative assistant for 7 years. I was in charge of all daily operations of the agency. We cared for many patients with many illnesses.
I then opened up my own caregiving company in 2000. And cared for over 150 patients with 26 amazing employees until 2012. I cared for clients with a multitude of illnesses.